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All newspaper articles and advertisements are from Papers Past - National Library of New Zealand or Trove - National Library of Australia unless otherwise stated.

Photographer's negatives - the most common question I am asked relates to the current location of photographer's negatives - see this post.

I'm not able to provide any information about photographers other than that on this site. I'm am also not able to date photographs or assist you in identifying people in photographs you may have. I am unable to assist in locating the current location of business records or negatives of any photographer.

I recommend the Auckland City Library's website for more information about New Zealand photographers -

Burton Brothers

Burton Brothers
Pink and White Terraces

White Terrace
Burton Brothers, Dunedin

1305 - Cold Water Basins - White Terrace
Burton Brother, Dunedin

894 - Pink Terrace
also numbered on right 876

Burton Brothers, Dunedin

Rotomahana from the White Terrace 
Burton Brothers, Dunedin

892 - Pink Terrace Tourists Tablets
Burton Brothers, Dunedin

1316 - Rotokanapanapa
Burton Brothers, Dunedin

The Land of the Golden Fleece by George Augustus Sala.XXIV.—The Hot Lakes: The Pink Terrace
...There were other wonders to be explored ere we crossed the lake to the Pink Terrace; but I own that the continuous sight of craters, gullies, and crevices ejecting boiling water or boiling mud was growing slightly monotonous, and that I was glad to have some of the sight-seeing on this side of the lake done by deputy. There is the small valley of Rotokanapanapa, a mud flat dotted with mud cones and pitted with boiling mud holes. The mud is, as a rule, ashy grey in colour, although it occasionally assumes other hues. Pink mud and blue mud sometimes occur. It has an unpleasant habit while boiling of spluttering forth mud flakes perilous to the integrity of the bystander's flesh. From one fissure came such volumes of steam and such a demoniacal roaring that the place has been called the Devil's Hole; and from this horrible abyss you come to a pool of water of a vivid green colour called Rotopounamou.
New Zealand Herald, Volume XXIII, Issue 7561, 13 February 1886

 893 - Rotomahana
Burton Brothers, Dunedin 

 3849 - Wairoa Hotel
Burton Brothers, Dunedin 
Depicts McRae's Hotel (Rotomahana Hotel) at Te Wairoa, prior to the 1886 Mount Tarawera eruption.  There are about twenty people scattered in front of the hotel and on the first floor verandah.  Some of them has been identified - the owner, Joseph McRae (man in suit, to right of centre); to the left of him, Aporo Te Wharekaniwha (with beard, tie and braces) and Ngareta.

 1309 - Umbrella Buttress - Pink Terrace
Burton Brothers, Dunedin 

by Burton Brothers, Dunedin 

946 - Ohinemutu
Burton Brothers, Dunedin


Charles Frederick Newham
also see Newham and Brady

Charles Frederick Newham, born 21 June 1880, Christchurch, New Zealand son of Ann and   Enoch Newham, died 11 July 1960, Wanganui.  

State School Drawing Examinations.
The following is the continuation of the list of the Wellington district school passes in the recent annual first grade drawing examinations ...Geometry ... Thorndon [school] ... C. F. Newham (excellent] ...
Evening Post, Volume XLIV, Issue 102, 27 October 1892

The death of Mrs. Ann Newham, wife of Mr. Enoch Newham, took place at her residence, "Melville," Caroline street, on the 26th inst. Mrs. Newham was in her seventy-eighth year, and had left England with her husband in 1879, in the s.s. John Elder, arriving first at Melbourne and then coming on to Christchurch [1]. Mrs. Newham had lived in Wellington with her family for many years, and was highly esteemed for her kindly and amiable disposition, and greatly respected. Mr. Newham survives his wife, also one son, Mr. C. F. Newham, of Auckland, and two grandchildren. Much sympathy will be felt with them in their loss. The Rev. J. G. Chapman officiated at the graveside yesterday when the funeral took place.
Evening Post, Volume XCV, Issue 26, 30 January 1918 

[1] probably the Mr and Mrs Newham who arrived at Wellington on the s.s. Wakatipu from Sydney on 30 March 1879
New Zealand Times, Volume XXXIV, Issue 5617, 31 March 1879

JOY, William Langford

William Langford Joy

Born 11 November 1877, Canterbury, Kent, England, died 9 October 1964, Masterton

Unidentified soldier by William Langford Joy, Masterton


STEWART, Edward Roger

Edward Roger Stewart
Saunders Building, East Street,  Ashburton, 1932-1945 

Edward Roger Stewart born circa 1879 England, reg. Jan-Mar 1879 Stockton, vol. 10a page 62, son of James Stewart and Mary Findlay Roger, died 29 December 1958 Ashburton. The Timaru photographer John Roger Stewart was a brother.

Ashburton Guardian, Volume 52, Issue 100, 6 February 1932

Ashburton Guardian, Volume 65, Issue 216, 23 June 1945 

1881 Scotland Census
Name:     Mary Stewart
[Mary Roger]
Age:     35
Estimated birth year:     abt 1846
Relationship:     Daughter
Father's name:     Charles Roger
Mother's name:     Mary Roger
Gender:     Female
Where born:     Dundee, Forfarshire
Registration Number:     282/1
Registration district:     St Peter
Civil Parish:     St Peter
Town:     Dundee
County:     Angus
Address:     40 And 42 So Tay St.
ED:     1
Household schedule number: 48, Line: 12, Roll: cssct1881_80
Household Members:    
Name     Age
Charles Roger     65
Mary Roger     64
John Roger     24
Mary Stewart     35
James Stewart     7
John Stewart     5
Edward Stewart     2

STEWART, John Roger

John Roger Stewart

John Roger Stewart born 11 February 1876 Newcastle-on-Tyne, England, reg. Jan-Mar 1876 Gateshead, vol. 10a page 879, son of James Stewart and Mary Findlay Roger, died 31 May 1939 Timaru aged 63 years, reg. 1939/15726, buried 3 June 1939, Timaru Cemetery, General Section, row 43, plot 289, married 14 March 1908, New Plymouth, New Zealand, reg, 1908/502, Louise Gwillim [probably the same person as Louisa Gwillim born 10 June 1872, baptised 25 August 1872 St John, Hoxton, Hackney, London daughter of Thomas Gwillim (cheesemonger) and Frances Sharp, arrived Wellington, New Zealand 26 February 1906 on the R.M.S. "Corinthic" from London with her brother Thomas Ashdown Gwillim, her age is shown as 20 years, however she would then have been aged 33 years], died 16 November 1954 Timaru aged 81 years, reg. 1954/27221, cremated in Christchurch.

Two brothers, James Roger Stewart and Edward Roger Stewart also came to New Zealand. James Roger Stewart born 9 March 1874 Dundee, Scotland came to New Zealand about 1902 after serving in the Boer War of 1899-1902 with Robert's Horse. Later served as a Private during WWI with the Otago Infantry Regiment, D Company, 27th Reinforcements, number 53729. The other brother Edward Roger Stewart born circa 1879 England, was a photographer in Ashburton.

Hastings Standard, Volume XII, Issue 5966, 28 September 1908

Hastings Standard, Volume XII, Issue 5971, 3 October 1908


 Wanganui Herald, Volume XXXXIV, Issue 12855, 23 August 1909

Wanganui Herald, Volume XXXXIV, Issue 12885, 28 September 1909

Wanganui Herald, Volume XXXXV, Issue 12981, 24 January 1910
[this notice appeared in the Wanganui Herald from 14 January to 26 January 1910]

Wanganui Herald, Volume XXXXV, Issue 12985, 28 January 1910

 about 1916

a photograph by J. R. Stewart then at Trentham

Lorne Studio, 190 Lambton Quay

New Zealand Times, Volume XLIII, Issue 10095, 8 October 1918

Lorne Studio, The Arcade, Timaru

This studio open in Timaru in March 1920 and remained operating until at least 1957, possibly then managed or owned by his brother Edward Roger Stewart photographer in Ashburton.

Timaru Herald, Issue 170174, 13 March 1920

To-day Mr J. R. Stewart, photographer, opens the Lorne Studios, in premises formerly known as the Mahan Studio, in the Arcade, Timaru. Mr  Stewart comes from Wellington with twenty-seven years' experience in general photography, and portrait work in particular. The working apparatus is very complete, and enables Mr Stewart to execute very fine art portraiture and also complete panoramic work. The Lorne Studios are prepared to execute wedding groups, either at your residence or in the studio
Timaru Herald, Issue 170177, 16 March 1920


"To Arthur from Doreen"

by The Lorne Studio, Arcade, Timaru


Burton's Oamaru Portrait Gallery
H. J. Burton, Operator

LOW, John

John Low

born 18 July 1847, Scotland, died 5 November 1895, Whangarei, New Zealand [or reg. as 6 November 1895, reg. no. 1895/5712 aged 47 years].

Low — Fuller.-On February 27, at Whangarei, by the Rev. Alexander Thomson, Mr John Low, photographer, of Waikato, to Eliza A. Fuller, of Whangarei.
Waikato Times, Volume XIII, Issue 1044, 4 March 1879

Low.— On the 15th inst., at the America [sic] Portrait Rooms, 13 Grey street, Auckland, the wife of Mr John Low, Photographer, of a daughter.
Waikato Times, Volume XVII, Issue 1437, 17 September 1881 


Judging from the specimens which have been submitted to us, Mr Tensfeld's successor will fully and efficiently supply the local demand for photographic views and portraits. Mr Low comes from Auckland, and his portfolio contains many excellent specimens of the photographer's art, and will interest any of our Auckland friends. We wish the newcomer every success.
Grey River Argus, Issue 254, 29 August 1867

We have had submitted far our inspection a series of photographic views of the town of Greymouth as it appeared during and after the flood of Wednesday. They have been executed by Mr Low, and are excellent specimens of the art of photography, and will form interesting mementoes of the late disaster.
Grey River Argus, Volume IV, Issue 285, 9 November 1867

Greymouth by John Low, 1867
refer Hidden Light - Early Canterbury and West Coast Photography by Ken Hall with Haruhiko Sameshima page 83, where this carte de visite is identified as being by John Low. 

View of Greymouth taken during the great flood of 6th November 1867.

The following two cartes de visite are attributed to John Low and possibly part of his series of views of the 1867 Greymouth flood.

Shown here with a flag pole outside is the Greymouth Post Office, the smaller building next door is the Telegraph Office completed in 1866

The Greymouth Post Office was never a very magnificent structure, but it has lately become not only insignificant, but exceedingly inconvenient for the public and its official occupants, by reason of alterations in the level of the footpath. The matter having been represented to head-quarters by Mr M'Beth, an improvement has been agreed to, and it is intended by the expenditure of a small amount, to raise the building, and to improve the facilities for posting and receiving correspondence. It is to be hoped that, at the same time, the convenience of the Postmaster and his assistants will be consulted, for more limited and less convenient accommodation for the extensive work of such an office as that of Greymouth could scarcely be contrived. Judged by its exterior, at any rate, the office is one which is more suited for the accommodation of hens than men.
Grey River Argus, Volume XIV, Issue 1668, 9 December 1873

 unknown photographer
another view of the Greymouth Telegraph Office and Post Office
 Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections 968-217.

Grey River Argus, Issue 254, 29 August 1867, Page 3

Grey River Argus, Volume V, Issue 300, 14 December 1867, Page 1

American Portrait Rooms
13 Grey Street, Auckland

Waikato Times, Volume XVII, Issue 1437, 17 September 1881

above: a carte de visite by John Low, Waikato.

above: a carte de visite by John Low, Waikato.
below: cartes de visite and cabinet cards by John Low, North Auckland.